After months of waiting, it’s nice to know where we’ll be living out our next chapter, and it’s Utah. I’m very excited-about as excited as one can be about moving to Utah. I once imagined it would be a weird mix of South Park and Napoleon Dynamite. However, upon doing research, I’ve found vibrant communities with a bold DIY streak and good food culture. So that seems liveable, and honestly, it’s for Paloma, I’d live anywhere to coordinate good care for her.
We will be buying our first home, and it’s a little scary, but I know we’ll find the right home.
Also, I will need to leave the Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu association- there simply isn’t an affiliate in the area. I know this is to be expected if you move around a lot, but I’m not looking forward to it. I believe in the team, but I also value my developent, and I’m not going to stop training. There are a few schools in the area, and I will be very careful in making sure that the instruction, culture, and atmosphere is acceptable before I pay money to be associated with anyone. I think I might focus on judo and wrestling for a while, which I’ve already found connections for, and compete under the “Globetrotters” banner.
But it feels good. It feels good to think we might be able to go from simply surviving to really living, to risk being fully alive, that some of the chaos of the past year will be smoothed out. Our lives are seemingly mimicking the resolution after the “Storm” portion of the “Summer” movement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Our Summer has surely been stormy, with Paloma’s seizures increasing in frequency and intensity, and the stress of planning the move. My left eye twitches, like, all the time now. Also, side note- I was out running errands, driving along, and a tree limb fell on my car, breaking my mirror, crushing the driver side doorframe (right above my head!) crushing the rear right above the tail light. I was by myself, I was okay, there was no broken glass, and my insurance is taking care of it, after we pay the deductible (which is coming out of my moving budget!). I.Did. Not. Need. That.
We’re driving, and visiting the n-laws en route. It’s going to be an adventure, and I’m looking forward to it. I just hope I can relax enough to stop twitching.